The Independent: EU insurance laws should be changed, says Bank governor Bailey

February 10, 2022

Bank of England governor Andrew Bailey will say that EU laws which require insurance companies to hold enough cash to ensure they do not collapse are not well suited for the UK.

The governor is expected to tell listeners to a speech in the City that the so-called Solvency 2 regulations needed to be reformed.

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Insurance Europe

December 16, 2021

EIOPA stress test results confirm the European insurance industry’s ability to meet promises to customers even under extreme 1 in 1000-year events.

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Solvency II WIre: Climate risk management for insurers

December 9, 2021

Newly published research analysing the climate risk management and disclosure practices of European and UK insurers highlights inconsistencies in climate risk reporting.

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EIOPA examines further aspects of insurers’ failures and near misses

October 8, 2021

EIOPA published today its second “Failures and near misses in insurance” report, which now comprises altogether 219 relevant cases from the European insurance sector.

The report takes stock of the most common courses of action taken by insurers and national competent authorities (NCAs) during the recovery and resolution phases of failures and near misses. 

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Milliman: Analysis of non-life insurers' Solvency and Financial Condition Reports: European non-life

September 10, 2021

This year, (re)insurance companies across the European Union (EU) published their fifth set of solvency and financial condition reports (SFCRs). In this report, we summarise those SFCRs as they relate to non-life insurers regulated in the EU, and set out the results of our analyses. 

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EIOPA: Supervisory statement in case of breach of the SCR

July 12, 2021

Supervisory statement on supervisory practices and expectations in case of breach of the Solvency Capital Requirement

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today the statement on supervisory practices and expectations in case of breach of the SCR. 

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Financial Times: Insurers urge UK to reduce capital buffer in break from EU rules

February 23, 2021
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Supreme Court hands down judgment in FCA’s Covid-19 Business Interruption Test Case

January 15, 2021

The Supreme Court has today handed down judgement in the Covid-19 Business Interruption insurance test case of The Financial Conduct Authority v Arch and Others.

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EIOPA: European insurers slightly less exposed to risks compared to the beginning of COVID-19

November 9, 2020

Risk Dashboard: European insurers slightly less exposed to risks compared to the beginning of COVID-19 outbreak but concerns remain

Today the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published its updated Risk Dashboard based on the second quarter of 2020 Solvency II data.

The results show that the risk exposures of the European Union insurance sector slightly reduced, compared to July risk assessment. Insurers are particularly exposed to very high levels of macro risk, while market, credit, profitability and solvency risks decreased to medium level. However, the risk assessment does not account for the outbreak of the second wave of the pandemic.

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New Proposal Threatens Tier 1 Tax Status in The Netherlands

July 11, 2018

The Dutch government is planning to eliminate tax deductions for coupons on the Tier 1 securities issued by banks and insurers, after the European Commission said that their tax treatment could raise state aid concerns.

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AM Best: Solvency II Adds Burdens and Limitations, Say Mutual Insurers at AMICE

June 7, 2018

At the Association of Mutual Insurers and Insurance Cooperatives in Europe (AMICE) Congress 2018 in Stockholm, insurers said Solvency II regulations have required them to add resources and personnel, while limiting their ability to diversify

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How Will IFRS 17 Affect The Credit Quality of Insurers?

June 6, 2018

The world’s insurance companies face the biggest change in accounting standards in perhaps 20 years – IFRS 17, which comes into force in 2021.

S&P expect some insurers to preemptively add to their capital buffers toward 2021 to prevent capitalisation from weakening.

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Investor appetite for high-value insurance M&A increasing – WTW

January 9, 2018

The number of M&A deals may be set to decrease, but insurers and investors will increasingly be looking to snap up higher-value insurance acquisitions.

Are you planning to undertake an acquisition over the next year or two? IRC’s Solvency II eligible sub debt product is the ideal product to capitalise such growth ambitions. Additionally our LIBRA product provides capital flexibility to complete such transactions swiftly and efficiently.

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Solvency II drives demand for new Maiden Re product

December 12, 2017

A new product launched by Maiden Re that allows insurers with limited access to the capital markets pre-committed access to subordinated debt funding will be particularly valuable to companies because regulations such as Solvency II force insurers to disclose their solvency ratio, according to the reinsurer’s CEO.

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MCR Shock – testing the strength of the SCR coverage ratio

November 15, 2017

Under Solvency II, the SCR coverage ratio has become the de-facto measure of an insurer’s capital strength. But how reliable an indicator is it? Cat Drummond, Partner at LCP, explores the capital resilience of the top non-life insurers int he UK and Ireland by testing their SCR coverage ratio against an MCR shock.

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99 insurers sailing close to the wind

November 9, 2017

Analysis of 1,600 solo firms collected and processed by Solvency II Wire Data reveals that 21 firms breached their SCR ratio as of 31 December 2016. This article gives an analysis of the lower end of the SCR ratio spectrum.

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Maiden Libra- a new way to balance risk and capital

November 1, 2017

Libra is the well-known astrological symbol of balance. Patrick Haveron, President of Maiden Re, explains how Maiden Libra, it’s unique hybrid capital solution can help small to mid-size insurers keep their risk/capital balance in an increasingly tough and uncertain operating environment

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Insurers plan greater exposure to private assets

October 20, 2017

Insurers plan to shift their investment from public markets to private assets in an effort to boost profits while not adding risk to their portfolios

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EIOPA to Focus on Stress Tests, Data Disclosure in 2018

October 3, 2017

EIOPA will focus next year on carrying out stress-testing of firms, disclosing more information about their capital reserves and pushing more information into the public domain.

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Solvency II Wire: Topsy-Turvy SCR Ratios

July 4, 2017

Daragh Clune, Chief Investment Officer at IRC, on why the Solvency II SCR ratio can sometime be higher than the MCR ratio.

Analysis of the Solvency II public disclosures in the German market (Solvency II Wire 14/6/2017) uncovered a number of firms with a lower MCR ratio (Minimum Capital Requirement) than SCR ratio (Solvency Capital Requirement). This is surprising given that the MCR is the lower of the two capital requirements and it would be expected that the MCR ratio would be higher (see The SCR: early warning system or panic button?).

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EIOPA publishes first Risk Dashboard under Solvency II

March 2, 2017

On 28 February 2017 EIOPA published its new Risk Dashboard for the first time since the implementation of the Solvency II regime. Although Solvency II implied a major change in the methodological framework for the calculation of the solvency capital requirements, the initial transition to the new regime appears to have gone smoothly. The results for the third-quarter 2016 show that the low-yield environment and market risks continue to be a major challenge for the European insurance sector according to EIOPA.
The dashboard is a quarterly publication summarising the main risks and vulnerabilities in the European insurance sector by using a set of indicators grouped into seven risk categories: macro risks, credit risks, market risks, liquidity and funding risks, profitability and solvency risks, interlinkages and imbalances risks and insurance (underwriting) risks. An additional category “market perceptions” gives insight on how the insurance industry is perceived by financial markets.

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EIOPA publishes results of 2016 Insurance Stress Tests

December 21, 2016

EIOPA published the results of their most recent stress test exercise on 15 December. These stress tests represent one of the regular supervisory tools that help to assess the resilience of the insurance sector to potential adverse market developments. The tests covered 236 life companies in 30 countries and the results were published on an aggregated basis rather than company by company.

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Are you ready for the Pillar 3 public disclosures under Solvency II?

November 23, 2016

The Pillar 3 disclosures will be made in 2017 but based on the year-end 2016 balance sheet. This imminent public disclosure has led to many firms starting to assess the adequacy of their capital levels, solvency and risk management while bearing in mind that their figures will be directly compared to that of their peer groups.

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A false dawn for restricted tier 1 debt?

October 13, 2016

The market for restricted tier 1 debt was kick-started last month with an issue by Gjensidige, the Norwegian insurer, who sold NOK1bn in restricted tier 1 notes. Insurance Regulatory Capital discussed the market with Insurance ERM.

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Should you include Brexit in your Risk Register?

June 14, 2016

The upcoming referendum in the UK on June 23rd to determine whether the UK will leave the EU will almost certainly impact either directly or indirectly on your business.

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Solvency II Ratios Move Into the Spotlight

May 23, 2016

According to Fitch, the rating agency, investors in insurance companies have begun to use SCR data to analyse not only the financial strength of the companies they have invested in, but also the efficiency of capital use and as a comparator to other companies in the sector.

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Long term capital partnerships create value

April 6, 2016

Owners of insurers are now seeing the emergence of capital partners willing to provide a mix of eligible sub debt and collateralised quota share reinsurance over the long term.

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Fewer than half of EU insurers have a coordinated approach to capital management

March 30, 2016

Fewer than half of European insurers have a dedicated capital management department, according to Deloitte’s 2016 EMEA Capital Management in Insurance Survey. Optimising capital under solvency II will be the key area for capital management over the next 5 years.

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UK Non-Life results show impact of different underwriting risk strategies on SII

March 10, 2016

UK non-life insurance results highlight the significant impact that different investment and underwriting risk strategies have on Solvency II (SII) capital ratios, according to Fitch Ratings.

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Driverless cars likely to impact traditional capital structures of motor insurers

March 3, 2016

Last week, the US Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), wrote to Google, saying it will now consider the computer and software in ta self-driving car as the “driver”.

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EIOPA seeks to promote dialogue between Regulators and Audit Firms under Solvency II

February 16, 2016

On the 3rd of February, 2016 EIOPA published a consultation paper seeking views on facilitating an effective dialogue between auditors that carry out statutory audit of (re) insurance companies and the relevant Insurance Regulator.

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BoE insurance supervisor says EU capital rules off to smooth start

January 27, 2016

The introduction of new European Union rules forcing insurers to hold enough capital to protect policyholders has gone well though some tweaks will be needed, Britain’s top insurance regulator said on Wednesday.

There has been concern among regulators about potential volatility in insurance company shares as investors compare the solvency capital ratio (SCR), a new core benchmark of health, that insurers now have to publish.

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Challenges and opportunities for the insurance industry in 2016

January 18, 2016

In the regulatory world, we will be looking to see the agenda of a new FCA CEO, how Solvency II develops and settles and whether the international agenda of prudential regulation slows or speeds up

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Solvency II and Mutuals; How 2016 will change the way mutuals are run

December 23, 2015

The new capital regulation has left an indelible mark on mutual business models. This article assess the impact and asks what will happen after 1st Jan 20.

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The state of Solvency II transposition

December 21, 2015

On the eve of entry into force of Solvency II, Solvency II Wire can reveal the state of transposition of the Directive into national law.

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EIOPA provides update on consumer trends

December 15, 2015

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) published today its 4th annual Consumer Trends Report for the European Economic Area.

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Solvency II compliance imminent: Regulatory harmonisation delayed.

December 7, 2015

While all European insurers are required to be compliant with the Europe wide risk-based system by January 1 2016, EIOPA has allowed Insurance Regulators significant leeway in both how and when they implement the new Solvency II standard.

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Publication of legislation transposing Solvency II into Irish Law

November 25, 2015

On 4th November, The Minister for Finance signed the Statutory Instrument (S.I. 485 of 2015) which transposes the Solvency II Directive into Irish law.

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Reinsurance or Subordinated Debt? Why not both

November 20, 2015

Under Solvency II the landscape changes dramatically, given that it can be a great help for insurance companies, particularly for small companies and mutual insurance companies, in their necessary commitment to increasing competitiveness and to reinforce and/or protect their solvency capital.

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More Progress on Solvency II decisions needed: ABI

November 20, 2015

Faster progress on which countries are granted group equivalence under Solvency II is needed, said the Association of British Insurers (ABI).

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EIOPA and supervisory convergence – the beginning of a new journey

November 18, 2015

Speech by Gabriel Bernardino, Chairman of EIOPA, at the 5th Annual Conference of EIOPA in Frankfurt

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Bafin planning to gold-plate asset rules, insurers claim

November 15, 2015

German insurers believe investment limits will be applied after 2016, despite expectations that Solvency II would sweep them away

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Mesa Redonda De ‘Actualidad Aseguradora’ en colaboracion con Maiden

November 9, 2015

Hasta ahora, las emisiones de deuda subordinada estan siendo un instrumento muy poco utilizado en nuestro pais para mejorar el capital.

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AM Best Report: European Insurance Markets Display Early Recovery Signs but Regulatory Issues Brew

November 2, 2015

Europe’s largest insurance markets have continued to show some signs of recovery, with many experiencing top-line growth. In general, the increases in total gross written premium (GWP) come following a number of years muted development and even decline, and there is a sense of optimism that this momentum will continue.

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Sub-debt offers mid-sized insurers another capital option

October 21, 2015

Oliver Tattan explains the benefits of subordinated debt to under Solvency II’s solvency capital ratio requirements

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Focus on Europe as Solvency II drives demand for capital solutions

October 19, 2015

The EU’s incoming regime will make subordinated debt  a very attractive proposition for mid-size insurers

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Setting an Appropriate Target SCR Ratio

October 14, 2015

Publishing SCR data will allow insurers in all Solvency II jurisdictions to be compared on exactly the same parameters.

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Update on EIOPA’s Action Plan 2016 and Way Forward for Colleges of Supervisors

October 8, 2015

The European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) has published today an updated Action Plan 2016 and Way Forward for Colleges of Supervisors.

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EIOPA advises to set up a new asset class for high-quality infrastructure investments under Solvency

September 29, 2015

The proposed approach meaningfully reduces risk charges for qualifying infrastructure project investments in equity and debt.

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Maiden Re looks to Europe

September 16, 2015

From’s Rendez-vous Reporter: “Maiden Re’s collateralised reinsurance solutions are available throughout the EU to help insurance companies comply with the coming Solvency II requirements”, says Pat Haveron, President of Maiden Reinsurance.

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How sub debt can fulfil regulatory requirements under Solvency II

July 1, 2015

Subordinated debt has been pre-approved by European Insurance Regulators to function as regulatory capital under Solvency II. Priced lower than equity but with many similar qualities, cash is transferred directly to the issuing insurer’s balance sheet.

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The case for subordinated debt

July 1, 2015

With the advent of Solvency II, it is imperative that executive management considers more carefully their company’s access to sources of capital. Insurance Regulatory Capital offers capital solutions through acting as a conduit between insurers and investors.

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